Canadian technology companies are coming together in hopes that Donald Trump’s executive ban on travel can help bring talent to a nation hungry for tech-savvy workers. While Silicon Valley joins forces to take over the Trump administration If the United States succeeds in enforcing the «unconstitutional» ban, it could benefit Canadians as a flood of high-tech talent heads north.
The leader of this movement is Kaz Nejatian, CEO of the fintech company Kash. After helping shape Canada’s own immigration policies under his previous administration, as a senior adviser to the former immigration minister, Nejatian sees much potential in Trump’s «confused and irresponsible» executive order.
«There are good reasons to worry about border security with the United States. Americans should be concerned about this, «Nejatian explained to BBC . «But there are things that help and there are things that hurt. This will hurt. «
There has been an increase in Trump’s executive order, which seeks to detain all refugees for a 120-day admission period and a 90-day push for people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. of the number. of startups and companies wishing to establish themselves in Canada. Speaking to the BBC, immigration rights specialist Stephen Green explained that his company had received calls from interested organizations «because we have the predictability [en Canadá]».
To strengthen the talent movement in Canada, more than 150 directors have signed a open letter to show your support for diversity and pluralism in the workforce. At the time of writing, there are over 3,400 signatories from the founders, CEOs and directors of Canadian companies, including Shopify, PayPal Canada, IBM Canada and other companies, including venture capital firms.
In the letter, Canadian technology companies are appealing to the Canadian government to help bring technological talent to the country through a specific visa to provide technology workers with a temporary Canadian residence to live and work in the country. This could help close the growing gap between Canada’s technology sector and California’s Silicon Valley giant.
While it may be too early to say how successful Canada’s call can be, especially if Trump’s travel ban is lifted altogether, openness to those who feel persecuted could help Canada secure new technological talent.